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Bush blows off Libby

I thought that George W. Bush would surely grant I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby a full pardon.  Nope.

From TP:

Today is President Bush’s last full day in office, and according to Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, he has decided not to pardon Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff Scooter Libby for his role in the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. The move has left many conservatives very disappointed:

“I’m flabbergasted,” said one influential Republican activist, who had raised the issue with White House aides, but who asked not to be identified criticizing the president. Ambassador Richard Carlson, the vice chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a neo-conservative think tank, added that he too was “shocked” at Bush’s denial of a pardon for Libby.

“George Bush has always prided himself on doing the right thing regardless of the polls or the pundits,” Carlson said. “Now he is leaving office with a shameful cloud over his head.”

The right-wing had been mounting a fierce campaign to secure a pardon for Libby. Fred Barnes wrote in the Weekly Standard that Libby necessitated a pardon because he was “an indirect victim” of Bush’s policies. And the Wall Street Journal editorial board claimed that Bush “owe[d] it” to Libby. In July 2007, Bush commuted Libby’s prison sentence.

By |2009-01-20T04:50:45-04:00January 20th, 2009|Bush Administration, Valerie Plame|Comments Off on Bush blows off Libby

McClellan on the Hill

Scott McClellan faced what he expected, a partisan assault from the Right and the same from the Left. The Democrats questions were focused on the White House, Vice President Cheney and President Bush. (I’m still fuming at the Dems for the FISA legislation.  It is wrong and they know it is wrong.)

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From WaPo:

Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary-turned-Bush administration critic, told the House Judiciary Committee this morning that the White House has “sought to avoid public accountability and scrutiny” about the leaking of a CIA agent’s name and “overstated and overpackaged” intelligence related to the Iraq war.

McClellan testified that he does not know whether President Bush or Vice President Cheney broke any laws in the leaking of the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, in part because so much remains unknown. (more…)

By |2008-06-20T20:07:31-04:00June 20th, 2008|Domestic Spying|Comments Off on McClellan on the Hill
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